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Sunday 19 August 2018

Teen held over Coakley Hutch murder is pal of fugitive cartel hitman

Gardaí at Bridgeview Halting Site on Cloverhill Road where Derek Coakley Hutch was shot dead
Gardaí at Bridgeview Halting Site on Cloverhill Road where Derek Coakley Hutch was shot dead

A close teenage associate of an on-the-run cartel hitman was one of two men arrested yesterday by gardai investigating the feud murder of Derek Coakley Hutch outside Cloverhill Prison.

The 19-year-old now in custody has close links to a dangerous 31-year-old Cabra criminal who is on the run in the UK and is linked to a number of murders for the Kinahan cartel, including that of Eddie Hutch Snr.

The Herald can reveal that the Cabra-based suspect also had close links to a murdered Dublin crimelord.

Raids

He was arrested along with a 30-year-old man, also from the Cabra area, who has been investigated for his links to the cartel despite not having any major criminal convictions.

The duo are not suspected of being the actual gunmen who blasted Coakley Hutch (27) to death at Bridgeview Halting Site, Clondalkin, on January 20.

However, detectives believe they provided "logistical support" to the hit-team.

"It is suspected that these fellas were involved in providing support in relation to the cars used and other matters linked to the murder," a senior source revealed last night.

The pair were arrested by armed officers in dawn raids yesterday and were being questioned under Section 72 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, which states that it is an offence for a person to enhance "the ability of a criminal organisation to commit or facilitate a serious offence in the State".

Yesterday's arrests were the first in the case, which is being probed by Lucan gardai.

Officers believe that Coakley Hutch was murdered by the cartel as part of its deadly feud with the Hutch mob that has now claimed up to 18 lives.

He was shot dead in Clondalkin while he carried out a 'drugs drop' at Wheatfield Prison where many of the murdered man's associates, including his notorious younger brother Nathan, are locked up.

Investigators later released photos of the getaway car used in the murder after it was caught on CCTV in the Clondalkin area just minutes after the fatal shooting.

Gardai were looking for information about a black Toyota Avensis in the days prior to the murder and the hours immediately after it.

The car, with registration 04-D-72956, is believed to have been used by those involved in the fatal shooting.

It was found on fire at Snowdrop Walk in Darndale at around 6.30pm on January 20, just over three hours after the murder took place.

Gardai have been investigating a number of theories in relation to Coakley Hutch's murder, including whether two notorious Coolock brothers - along with one of the capital's most depraved hitmen - were behind the shocking feud murder.

Investigators are probing the theory that the brothers were enlisted for the 'job' inside the walls of Mountjoy Prison by a major gangster, who has a "primary" role in the Kinahan cartel.

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